Tesla has already produced a total of 3 million electric vehicles in its short but intense history. Elon Musk, CEO of the American company, confirmed this important milestone during the annual meeting of shareholders. “10 years ago, we had made less than 3,000 cars, now here we are, 10 years later, we have made 3 million.”
The evolution of the Californian firm has been, as can be seen, meteoric, since it began manufacturing its first model, the first generation Roadster, in 2008. Serial production for its part did not arrive until 2012 with the Model S, although the true driver of the brand to stardom has been the Model 3, the best-selling electric car in the world from 2018 to 2021.
It is interesting to note that Tesla reached one million electric cars manufactured at the beginning of 2020, which shows that in the last two years the company has been able to greatly expand its production capacity thanks mainly to the good operation of Giga Shanghai, its first factory. on Chinese soil.
However, Fremont continues to be responsible for 2 million of the cars sold by Tesla, while the other million were assembled at Giga Shanghai, Giga Berlin, and Giga Texas. The last two plants are still far from their maximum production capacity, so in the short term, Tesla should be able to increase its output even more.
Tesla will have an annual capacity of 2 million units by the end of 2022
During the meeting, Musk boasted about the tremendous growth Tesla has achieved in recent times and wondered where the company will be in another ten years. “What will happen in the next ten years? I’d be surprised if we didn’t go over 100 million [electric cars made] in ten years. “
Tesla estimates that, by the end of the year, it will have an annual production capacity of about 2 million electric vehicles. Its goal is to reach a capacity of 20 million by 2030, an ambitious goal that some believe will be impossible to achieve since it would mean matching the combined sales of Toyota and the Volkswagen Group globally.
To do this, Tesla will need to have 12 operating gigafactories around the planet (it currently has 4). The location of the next factory will be revealed at the end of the year, and it will likely be located in China since the Model 3 and Model Y are achieving significant commercial success in that market.